Recipe: Warm Ginger-Raisin Apples

(Photo by Nicole Reino)

This sweet treat tastes like apple pie, but it won't go to your waistline like America's favorite dessert. The reason: There's no flour, butter or refined sugar in the recipe.

An optional touch of honey enhances the sweetness, but it's not necessary. The fruits are sweet on their own. And the glucose and fructose in the apples and raisins boosts energy without causing a blood-sugar crash.

If you want this dessert to taste a la mode but still keep its healthy status, serve it with a dollop of extra-cold, plain Greek yogurt.

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Ingredients

  • 8 Gala apples, cored and cut into quarter-inch-thick slices
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Dollops of plain, Greek yogurt (optional)

Instructions

Place the apples, orange juice, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, salt and honey in a medium-size pot, and stir to ensure the juices, cinnamon and honey coat the apples. Place the lid on the pot, and cook the apple mixture over a medium heat for 15 minutes.

Add the raisins. Cook uncovered for another 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the majority of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off the heat, and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 4 to 6

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